Jason Crosby & Friends feat Stu Allen, Robin Sylvester, Jay Lane and special guest Shana Morrison
Stu Allen, Jay Lane, Robin Sylvester, Shana Morrison
19 Corte Madera Ave.
Mill Valley, CA, 94941
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Over the last decade, Jason has been a member of Robert Randolph and the Family Band and the Susan Tedeschi Band, among others. In recent years, Crosby has played with Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Carlos Santana, Pete Seeger, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and Dave Matthews in various configurations. His discography is equally as impressive with appearances on Anastasia’s multi-platinum hit “Freak of Nature” as well as Tedeschi’s Grammy Nominated “Wait for Me”; and more recent releases from Phillip Phillips, Pretty Lights, Robert Randolph, Teddy Thompson and many more.
After touring with the Long Island Youth Orchestra to countries such as China, Russia, Australia and Cuba, Crosby expanded his classical horizons by embracing other varied art forms, such as Jazz, Funk, Rock and Latin music. His two solo albums, "Out of the Box" and "Four Chords and Seven Notes Ago" display his diverse array of virtuosic talents, as he switches instruments from song to song, as well as the styles of music he creates and explores. Crosby continues to develop his own style of music, by fusing the Classical he was raised on with the Jazz that inspires his melodic maneuverings.
When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia's music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. Today, he is one of the leading figures in the jam band and Grateful-Dead-inspired community.
Allen shares the Grateful Dead's commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.
Allen's captivating soulful delivery (both vocally and instrumentally), freakish improvisational ability, and exceptional guitar tone have gotten the attention of some of the preeminent figures in the genre. He regularly works with Phil Lesh, and has also done sets with Bob Weir, and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals' tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. In 2010, he received more national acclaim when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. He currently plays with his band, Mars Hotel, as well as the all-electric Bob Dylan tribute band, Ghosts of Electricity.
Jay Lane (born December 5, 1964) is an American drummer from the San Francisco Bay Area. He is currently a member of Primus, Bob Weir's RatDog, Scaring the Children with Weir and Rob Wasserman, the hip hop/jazz fusion group Alphabet Soup, and his most recent endeavor, Jay's Happy Sunshine Burger Joint.
In 2002, Lane was named "drummer of the year" by the California Music Awards.
Shana Morrison’s musical style has been called pop with a side of blues and a side of rock. She has also been known to include other ingredients, like country, R&B, and jazz into the mix. Her material seems to be ever-changing and hard to pin down categorically. What always remains the same is Shana's unique and wide-ranging voice.
Shana Morrison began performing with her group Caledonia in the San Francisco Bay area in 1996. Her debut CD, Caledonia, was released on her own label, Belfast Violet Records, in 1998 and picked up by the Monster Music label in 1999. Caledonia received favorable reviews from the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the San Francisco Examiner, as well as airplay on KPFA, KPIG, KPIX, KDVS, KHUM, and KFOG. Tours across the country soon followed.
Vanguard Records signed Shana in 2001, and 7 Wishes was released in 2002. This time, she received favorable reviews from newspapers and magazines across the country, as well as airplay on KMTT in Seattle; KINK in Portland, Oregon; KSGR in Austin, Texas; and KBCO in Denver.
Chronologically listed, some highlights of Shana's career follow: Since 1996, Shana has participated in benefit concerts for Oakland's American Legends Foundation. Paying tribute to and playing for artists such as Brownie McGee and Charles Brown, Shana has shared billing with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, and Dr. John. She has also played for festival audiences on the main stage both at the Guinness Fleadh in New York in 1997, and in San Francisco in 1999. In 2000 Shana performed at the San Francisco Blues Festival, the Ottawa Blues Festival, and the Edmonton Folk Festival. Recently she has had the type of exposure she deserves, opening shows for Lyle Lovett, Joe Cocker, Michael MacDonald, John Hyatt, Keb 'Mo, and Bob Weir.
Shana's international exposure includes a live broadcast for the BBC's Kelly Show and an appearance at the BRIT Awards in 1996, when her father was presented with a lifetime-achievement award. This has been broadcasted on A&E in America several times since. She also participated in a VH1 Father's Day special and was featured in People in 1997, Rolling Stone in 1999, and in Interview, as well as on the Oxygen channel's Pure Oxygen, and on The Howard Stern Show in 2002.
Since 2002, the band has been busy with tours across the United States, Germany, Italy, Ireland, and the UK, playing radio shows, clubs, theaters, and festivals, most notably playing the Warfield in San Francisco, the Viper Room in Los Angeles, the House of Blues in Cambridge, the Bottom Line in New York, Meinisfree Open Air in Germany, the Arezzo Wave Pop festival in Italy, the Borderline in London, the Cork Jazz Festival, the Galway Arts Festival, and The Late Late Show in Ireland.
2006 through 2008 saw Shana singing beside Van Morrison again during his U.S. and U.K. tour dates. Twelve years have passed since her beginnings singing duets with Mr. Morrison in his infamous Rhythm and Soul Review, which featured artists such as Jimmy Withersoon, Junior Wells, and John Lee Hooker. Since her first foray into recording on the Van Morrison releases A Night in San Francisco (1994) and Days Like This (1995), Shana Morrison has grown as a singer, a songwriter, and an artist. Her self-produced 2007 release, the R&B-flavored CD That's Who I Am, is on Belfast Violet Records. Joyride, produced by Kim McLean, was released in April 2010, also on Belfast Violet Records. Both albums are available online at iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby.
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